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Subject: Venusta Orchard Spider ?
Location: Boston, MA
June 20, 2012 12:55 pm
Is this a Venusta Orchard Spider? My 9yo daughter and I have never seen one. Great looking little guy.
Not sure if you already have pics of this but thought it may be worth sharing.
Signature: Venusta Orchard Spider ? – found by Emma

Orchard Spider

Hi Emma,
Your identification of an Orchard Spider in the genus
Venusta is correct.  They are beautiful spiders with colorful markings.

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Green mystery spider
Location: Garrison, NY
April 6, 2012 2:35 pm
I noticed this pretty and sleek green spider yesterday on a dry canoe by the brook where I work. It is part of a marsh sanctuary, and the canoe is on land near tree cover. Season: spring, time: 3:30 pm. My boss thinks it is a different species of Green Lynx (than most photos show).
Signature: Jacquelyn

Long Jawed Orbweaver

Hi Jacquelyn,
This is most certainly not a Green Lynx Spider.  We believe it may be an Orchard Spider, though there is more green and less white on the abdomen of your specimen than most of the photos posted to BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to write in with a correction if that is not the right identification.

Thanks for the feedback, Daniel! I saw the Orchard Spider, and they are beautiful. I thought mine had a thinner abdomen, but perhaps it is a less common variation.

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Spider from Florida
I took this spider picture at the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park on 3/24/08 on the Coastal Hammock Trail. I have been unable to determine what kind of spider it is. Can someone help me? Thanks,
Sue

Hi Sue,
Your spider is an Orchard Spider, Leucauge venusta, a beautiful and harmless species.

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Orchard spider?
My two boys and I enjoy an occasional trip to a local Louisiana swamp, while most of the spider we encounter are the large “Bananna Spiders”, there are these ocassional very colorful jewels. Based on another posting on your website it looks like an Orchard Spider. Can you comment? Thanks
Chris

Hi Chris,
You are exactly correct. This is an Orchard Spider in the genus Leucauge.

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Orchard Spider?
Hi!
I do not love bugs but I love your site – in a weird kind of way! I took this photo today of what I think is an Orchard Spider? I couldn’t see it from the back without disturbing it and not knowing which way it would run I decided it best to leave it alone! Is it an Orchard Spider?
Thanks!
Carollee
Daphne, AL

Hi Carollee,
You are absolutely correct. This is an Orchard Spider, Leucauge venusta. These colorful spiders are in the Long-Jawed Orbweaver family Tetragnathidae.

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Spider Id
Can you help me id this spider? They are everywhere and are so beautiful.
Maureen
Jacksonville, Florida

Hi Maureen,
This is an Orchard Spider in the genus Leucauge. They are in the Family Tetragnathidae, the Large-Jawed Orb Weavers.

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